Russia’s Viktor Zubkov has been congratulated by colleagues after being voted in as prime minister. The result was never in doubt – Zubkov had the full support of the Russian president. The 450-seat lower chamber, the Duma backed Zubkov’s nomination by 381 votes to 47.
Just ahead of the parliamentary vote, Zubkov set out his policies. At the top of his list he declared that the recovery of the country’s military industry will be one of his strategic goals. “The people are not satisfied,” said Zubkov, “this is why we want to improve the things, to change the situation socially and politically but also to change certain things at the centre of government.”
Zubkov went on to say that he also wants the country to benefit more from the oil and gas sectors. Analysts see Zubkov’s nomination as a way for President Vladimir Putin to guarantee continuity of his policies after he steps down next year.